Susan Lessack

Q. How should we go about determining how much we need to pay employees for travel time?

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Q. We suspect someone is conducting inappropriate business using their work email. Is it illegal for us to monitor their email without their consent?

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Q. Are employers required to have job descriptions for every position within the organization?

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Q. What documentation is necessary before disciplining an employee?

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Q. Would FMLA leave apply to an employee who requests leave time to care for her daughter who is over age 21 and married? The daughter’s illness required hospitalization, but her husband is overseas on active duty with the military.

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Q. One of our employees claims that traffic gives her anxiety and wants to alter her work schedule to avoid driving during peak travel times. It wouldn’t be a big deal but we’re afraid that if we do it for her, we will start to receive similar claims from other workers who have similar commutes. Do we have to accommodate her?

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Q. It’s come to our attention that a former employee of ours has not updated her LinkedIn profile after her termination 10 months ago for insubordination. Would we have a cause of action against her?

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Q. Our COO just hired his son as a district manager for our largest region. There are many other individuals within the organization who are more experienced for the position. Are there any laws regarding nepotism in Pennsylvania?

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Q. Is it OK to terminate an employee without first issuing some kind of a disciplinary warning?

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Q. We recently held a three-day meeting and on the second night one of the regional account executives proceeded to drink too much and behave very badly. He failed to show up for the final day of the meeting. Is this grounds for dismissal?

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